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Public Holidays: How we sometimes shortchange ourselves

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The habit of shifting public holidays should be stopped soon

Yesterday Monday, August 21, 2017, was a work free day in Kogi state.
The reason why people are staying at home is to celebrate the return of President Buhari after his 103-day state in the United Kingdom for health reasons.

This
might be funny to you but Nigerian leaders love dropping public
holidays like it’s hot. In Cross River state it is normal for the state
to shut down for the month of December.

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello
(Twitter)

There are roughly nine public holidays in Nigeria, from Christmas to Eid El Kabir, not bad for a multi-ethnic state. Our holidays are mostly religious, Easter, Christmas, Eid El Kabir and Eid-El Fitri. May Day, Democracy Day and Independence Day are more of national holidays. New Year’s Day falls somewhere in the middle. It is based on the Gregorian calendar named after Pope Gregory XIII.

Secular
nations and the world have come to adopt this calendar and it is
regarded as the default calendar of the world. So New Year’s Day is more
than a Christian holiday.
We all love
holidays but apart from politicians declaring dodgy work free days, the
Nigerian government has a habit of shifting these holidays if they fall
on a weekend.
If a national public
holiday falls on a weekend, you can bet your last kobo that the holiday
(sometimes two days) would be moved to the next week- Monday and
Tuesday. It happens all the time. No Nigerian government has ever
allowed a public holiday to be on a weekend naturally. It is moved to
the new week.

I
guess it is an unwritten rule in our corridors of power that holidays
should only be on weekdays and not weekends. Maybe the Heavens would
fall if Independence Day is celebrated on a Saturday or Democracy Day on
a Sunday.
I suspect that Nigerians would
be very angry if the Federal Government fails to declare a certain
public holiday on a weekend. Nigerians love to have fun and when you
take it away from them you are in trouble. It is easier to increase the
price of fuel in Nigeria than let a weekend holiday be. You dare not.

People crowd a street at the central business district in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos ahead of Christmas on December 23, 2016.

People
crowd a street at the central business district in Nigeria’s commercial
capital Lagos ahead of Christmas on December 23, 2016.
(REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye)

This
wouldn’t really be a bad thing if the productivity of the nation’s
workforce was high. Forget Lagos and a couple of other states that have
very active private sectors. Most states in Nigeria can only boast of
the civil service as its only productive work force.
When
these public holidays are dragged over to the weekend, virtually all
the states in the country are shut down. These states were hardly adding
anything of significance to the nation. From being a little productive
they become unproductive on weekend transplanted public holidays.
It’s
just a case of holidays for a nation that does not create anything. The
Kogi state government should be criticized for declaring a public
holiday today but he just did what the Federal Government has been doing
for decades.

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Ike Ani is a Freelance writer whose quest constantly is to relate happenings around the world to human daily living. He's also a song writer and singer, Acoustic Guitarist, and Teacher.

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L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)

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A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .

They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.

The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.

He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.

When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.

But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.

Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.

“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.

Watch the Video HERE

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)

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A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.

The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.

Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:

This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.

what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.

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“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.

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Reno Omokri Nuggets

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.

Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:

His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
@MBuhari
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!

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